Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester—January 1
  • Spring semester—not offered
  • Summer session—not offered

Application Procedures

Applicants interested in training in a specific lab housed in Anatomy and Cell Biology department have two options. In the 2015-2016 admission cycle, students will enter the Anatomy and Cell Biology (PhD) graduate program by directly joining a specific investigator’s research group. Departmental faculty may or may not be accepting new direct admit students; applicants are instructed to contact the relevant investigator by email.

Alternatively, an applicant may apply to one of several interdisciplinary graduate programs. Most faculty members belong to one or more of these programs, and each has a web page that lists the programs to which he or she belongs.

  • Molecular & Cellular Biology (PhD)
  • Genetics (PhD)
  • Neuroscience (PhD)

A preliminary application will be evaluated when the following items have been received:

  1. FREE Preliminary Application;
  2. Upload unofficial transcripts to the Preliminary Application;
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation via the Preliminary Application;
  4. Self-report GRE test score results on the Preliminary Application; and
  5. Self-report TOEFL test score results on the Preliminary Application (foreign applicants only).

Students wishing to complete the application process should submit required materials no later than January 1 for full consideration. Applications received after January 1 will be considered on a rolling basis.


Selected candidates are invited for an on-campus interview and will be contacted by e-mail. Interviews are not conducted prior to submission and evaluation of an application. Travel costs within the US will be covered by the Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD Program. Interviews allow applicants the opportunity to measure the quality of the program, the research interests of our faculty, visit with current graduate students, and decide if his or her research interests are a good fit with the institution. Interviews will be conducted Spring, 2016.

Checking Application Status

You will be able to check the status of your preliminary application materials online by utilizing the username and password provided to you by the Preliminary Application System. Please check your application status frequently and follow-up with the appropriate person(s) to facilitate the timely submission of the required materials.


Once your departmental Preliminary Application is approved by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, you should Apply Online to the University.

Contact Information

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For questions regarding the Preliminary Application or application procedures, please contact:

Preliminary Application
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA 52242-1181
Phone: 319-335-8306

For questions regarding the Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD Program, please contact:

Julie Stark
1-100 BSB, 51 Newton Road
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Iowa
Iowa City  IA  52242
Phone: 319-335-7744